Daft report confirms that Government has no plan, no clue – Munster

Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster, has said that the latest Daft report has only confirmed that which we all knew; “rents have spiralled out of control and show no signs of slowing down”.

Teachta Munster said that it was clear that the meagre government efforts to date have had no impact and it was time for Minister Eoghan Murphy and the government to take strong, definitive action to address the housing situation which has descended far past crisis point.

Rents have risen 12.4% in a year, with the average rent now standing at €1,304. Limerick City and Waterford city has seen rises of 20% since last year.

The Louth and East Meath TD said:

“The Government’s reliance on the private sector to solve the housing crisis and the Minister’s light touch philosophy has had no impact.

“The Rent Pressure Zones were unambitious to begin with and demonstrated the reluctance of Fine Gael to interfere with a market that is dysfunctional at best, fundamentally broken at worst. Similarly, the anaemic level of construction of social and affordable housing is simply driving people towards that private sector market, driving up rents for all.

“Rent certainty, the Focus Ireland amendment that would keep families in their homes, an ambitious and necessary investment in social and affordable housing; these are the policy objectives that the government would be better served in pursuing. Media appearances telling the people that it’s not as bad as it looks are insulting and an embarrassing indication that the government truly doesn’t know how bad the housing emergency has become.

“It is clear that this government, backed to the hilt by their partners in Fianna Fáil, is doing more harm than good when it comes to the housing crisis. They have no plan and it seems they haven’t a clue either.”

Adams: Gov Failing Young People in Mental Health Supports

Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams has expressed serious concerns at the government’s continued failure to provide adequate Child and Adolescent Mental Health supports in the region, following the recent publication of the Mental Health Commission’s report.

 

Commenting on the findings of the report Teachta Adams said;

 

“This government is failing young people in need of mental health supports in Louth and across the state.

 

“The report shows children and young people in CHO Area 8, which covers Laois/Offaly, Longford/Westmeath and Louth/Meath, could wait up to 15 months for their initial assessment.

 

“Worryingly it also reveals that ten young people were admitted to adult mental health units in the region in 2017. The commission noted that this was directly related to lack of out of hours Child and Adolescent out of hour’s service in the region.

 

“The region covered by CHO Area 8, including Louth has the largest population of young people aged 0-18 years in the state, yet it remains understaffed and under resourced.  

 

““I have continuously raised the unacceptable lack of mental health services in north Louth with various Ministers and with An Taoiseach. These services have still not been delivered.

 

“The government must act on the Commission’s findings and deliver adequately resourced Child and Adolescent Mental Health services without delay.

Stand by the people of Palestine – Adams

Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has called again on the Irish government to expel the Israeli Ambassador and to formally recognise the state of Palestine.

Speaking during a Dáil debate on 17th May on the recent mass killing of Palestinians by Israeli forces Teachta Adams said:

“The refusal of the Cabinet to do no more than issue a call for an independent investigation into the dreadful events in Palestine is in reality a call to do nothing.

“We are all aware of the mass killings of Palestinian protestors. The government has rightly repudiated the Israeli government actions. But the Taoiseach claims that to expel the Israeli Ambassador is against the principle and imperative of dialogue. Not true.

“Recently the government expelled a Russian diplomat not for any alleged wrong doing in this state but in solidarity with the British government.

“So, the Taoiseach and the Minister should stop finding excuses for not taking positive action that gives meaningful expression to the rejection by the Irish people of the treatment of the people of Palestine.

“There is no excuse for the government not formally recognising the state of Palestine as agreed by the Dáil and Seanad. If the Irish don’t stand by the Palestinians who will? If we as a former colony, still occupied in part by a government we don’t want; if we with our history of freedom fighters and resistance and our peace process; if we don’t uphold the rights of the Palestinians who will?

“Their land is being slowly stolen from them. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers live on Palestinian land in violation of UN resolutions. Their water rights are taken. They live in poverty and disadvantage, with no rights to freedom of movement. Our government’s stance is a cop out.

“What is Sinn Féin asking for? We are asking for our government to demand that the international community uphold international law. The muted words of condemnation are insufficient.

“I have visited the Middle East five times in recent years. I have spoken to Israeli leaders and citizens and Palestinian leaders and citizens. I have been in Gaza City and the west Bank. I have been in the refugee camps, spoken to children released after years in Israeli prisons, spoken to their parents who despair at the neglect of the international community, and walked along the abhorrent separation wall which cuts Palestinian families off from their land.

“Those Palestinian academics and others who organised the recent series of protests to mark 70 years of the Nakba, took as their example the non-violent campaigns of Martin Luther King and of Ghandi. The protests in Gaza were the Palestinian equivalent of the March to Selma. A peaceful, mass protest at an injustice ignored for 70 years.

So, the government’s options are clear. Talk a lot but do nothing. Or expel the Israeli Ambassador. Stop ignoring the democratic will of the Dáil. Recognise the state of Palestine as you recognise the state of Israel. And stand up for peace in the Middle East by standing by the Palestinians”

Victims of misdiagnosis deserve better – Adams

Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin TD for Louth, has expressed his “anger and outrage at the cervical smear scandal” and the “efforts of some in the HSE to deny the women victims of misdiagnosis truth and transparency”.

The Louth TD has written to the Minister asking him a series of questions about the lack of transparency and accountability around this issue, the state policy of pursuing victims through the courts and how many women in Louth were affected by the misdiagnosing of the cervical smear tests and were not informed by their doctors of this”.

Gerry Adams said:

“The current scandal relating to smear tests for cervical cancer has only emerged because of the courage of Vicky Phelan. Without her determination to get to the truth the public might never have known of the many women whose smear tests were misdiagnosed and then covered-up. Her courage in combatting the disgraceful way she and her husband were treated in court has also served to highlight the way in which the state deals with victims who seek legal redress. This is unacceptable.

Over the last few days I have been contacted by women from Louth who are fearful that their cervical smear tests, which they thought were clear, may have been misdiagnosed. Tonight’s revelation by Minister Harris that “a considerable number of cases will not have been subjected to an audit of their screening history” has increased these fears”.

Gerry Adams also criticised Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for “opposing past efforts by Sinn Féin and others to ensure that there is duty of candour by health professionals that guarantees that patients are given the fullest information about their case.”

Antoin Watters: Commence Research on Brexit Impact

Cllr Antóin Watters

Sinn Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has called on the Government to commence specific research to identify the impact that Brexit will have in the border regions.

Cllr Watters said “In the Government’s ‘Action Plan on Rural Development’ it was proposed that specific research be done to identify the impact of Brexit on rural areas across the State but in particular, the border areas which will be impact most negatively of all.”

“Brexit is getting ever closer and we have MEPs like Guy Verhofstad visiting us from Belguim and a taskforce of MEPs from various countries trying to get an idea of the border area and trying to figure out the best way to proceed. Yet, this vital piece of research has yet to commence. MEPs from other countries are showing more interest than the Irish Government in the border areas.”

Cllr Watters said “We need to start this research without delay so we can have a clear understanding of what the impact will be and more importantly what contingency plans can be put in place to mitigate the consequences.”

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